Cookies & Candy

Orange Cookies

Summary

Yield
36 Cookies
SourceMildred Tuttle (1978)
Prep time2 hours, 30 minutes
Cooking time10 minutes
Total time2 hours, 40 minutes

Ingredients

1 c
butter or margarine, softened
2 c
confectioners' sugar (divided)
1 1⁄4 c
flour
3⁄4 c
cornstarch
3 T
orange juice
1 t
orange peel (opt.)

Instructions

Combine butter and 1/2 cup sugar until fluffy. Beat in flour and cornstarch until well mixed. Wrap and refrigerate at least 2 hours. Preheat oven to 325°. Roll dough in 1-inch balls. Place on ungreased sheet. Bake 8 to 10 minutes. Firm by golden. Cool and remove to a rack. In small bowl, mix remaining 1 1/2 cups sugar and 3 tablespoons orange juice. Makes 1 cup glaze. Place wax paper under rack and spoon on glaze. Let dry. These freeze well. 3 dozen. 

Chocolate Macaroons

Summary

Yield
30 Cookies
SourceKaren Miller (1988)
Prep time30 minutes
Cooking time10 minutes
Total time40 minutes

Ingredients

1 cn
sweetened condensed milk (15 oz.)
2 oz
unsweetened chocolate
2 c
Shredded coconut
1 c
coarsely chopped nuts
1 T
strong brewed coffee
1 t
vanilla
1⁄8 t
salt

Instructions

Preheat oven to 350°. Oil baking sheet. Combine milk and chocolate in top of double boiler. Place over boiling water on high heat and stir constantly until mixture thickens, about 5 minutes. Add remaining ingredients and stir to blend. Drop by teaspoonfuls onto prepared sheet and bake about 10 minutes, or until bottoms are set. (Watch carefully, these burn easily.) Do not overbake; should be soft and chewy. To cool, transfer to a plate or a rack lined with wax paper. Makes 2 to 2 1/2 dozen. 

Lemon Squares II

Summary

Yield
24 Servings
SourceBetty Sheridan (1987)
Prep time45 minutes
Cooking time45 minutes
Total time1 hour, 30 minutes

Ingredients

1 c
flour
6 T
unsalted butter, softened
1⁄4 c
confectioners' sugar
1 1⁄2 oz
cream cheese, softened
1 c
granulated sugar
2 T
flour
2
eggs, lightly beaten
3 T
lemon juice
1 t
finely minced lemon rind
1⁄2 t
baking powder
 
Confectioners' sugar for garnish

Instructions

Preheat oven to 350°. Generously butter 8-inch square baking pan, lightly dusted with flour. In large mixing bowl with electric mixer, combine 1 cup flour, butter, 1/4 cup confectioners’ sugar and cream cheese. Beat until crumbly. Press dough into prepared baking dishpan and bake for 20 minutes. In meantime, combine granulated sugar, 2 tablespoons flour, eggs, lemon juice, lemon rind and baking powder; beat until smooth. Spread mixture over baked layer; bake 25 minutes. Remove from oven. Cool 10 minutes. Run knife around outer edge of pan. Sprinkle with confectioners’ sugar and slice into squares. 

My Grandma's Chocolate Caramels

Summary

Yield
30 Servings
SourceEdie Cole (1990)
Prep time30 minutes
Cooking time20 minutes
Total time50 minutes

Ingredients

2 c
brown sugar
1 c
molasses (syrup)
1 c
milk
1⁄2 c
butter
1⁄2 lb
chocolate
2 T
flour
1 t
vanilla (or a little more)
 
walnuts

Instructions

Boil sugar, molasses, butter and flour 15 minutes. Stir chocolate in milk and put in the boiling syrup. Boil until it hardens in cold water. Add vanilla (about 1 teaspoon or a little more) before pouring onto a sheet of waxed paper on a large tray. Spread, then cool and roll in round drops. Place a walnut on top of each. 

Stir & Drop Cookies

Summary

Yield
48 Servings
SourceMarion Shephard (1992)
Prep time15 minutes
Cooking time10 minutes
Total time25 minutes

Ingredients

2
eggs
2⁄3 c
Wesson oil
2 t
vanilla
1 t
lemon rind (grated)
3⁄4 c
sugar
2 c
sifted flour
2 t
baking powder
1⁄2 t
salt

Instructions

Preheat oven to 400°. Beat eggs. Add oil, vanilla and lemon rind. Blend in sugar until mixture thickens. Sift together flour, baking powder and salt. Add to other mixture. Drop from spoon onto ungreased cookie sheet. Stamp flat with bottom of glass dipped in oil. Bake 8 to 10 minutes. Remove from sheet immediately. 

Chocolate Jumbos

Summary

Yield
36 Cookies
SourceKathie Ostrander (1982)
Prep time30 minutes
Cooking time20 minutes
Total time50 minutes

Ingredients

1⁄4 c
flour
1 c
sugar
2 t
baking powder
1⁄2 t
salt
1⁄3 c
oil
2
eggs
1⁄2 t
vanilla
1⁄3 c
milk
3
unsweetened chocolate squares, melted
1⁄2 c
chopped nuts
 
mocha or white frosting

Instructions

Mix and sift dry ingredients into a bowl. Make a well and add oil, eggs, vanilla and milk. Beat until smooth and well blended. Fold in melted chocolate and nuts. Drop by tablespoonfuls on greased baking sheet. Bake at 350° for about 20 minutes. Frost with mocha or white frosting. Makes about 3 dozen. 

Christmas Cookies (to hang on the tree)

Summary

Yield
24 Cookies
SourceMarti Coblentz (1996)
Prep time30 minutes
Cooking time10 minutes
Total time40 minutes

Ingredients

1
box white cake mix, without pudding
1⁄2 c
oil
2 T
water
2 c
flour
2
eggs
1 T
vanilla or almond extract

Instructions

Beat cake mix, oil, water, eggs and flavoring well, 3 minutes. Add flour, 1/2 cup at a time. Knead mixture until it will roll out easily. Cut with cookie cutters. Make a small hole at the top of each cookie if using for tree decorations. Bake at 325° for 8 to 10 minutes. Cool and decorate with icing.  

Notes

Kids love to take them from the tree and eat them for a Christmas treat.

Easy Homemade Brownies

Summary

Yield
24 Servings
SourceMary Ault (1992)
Prep time30 minutes
Cooking time35 minutes
Total time1 hour, 5 minutes

Ingredients

2
eggs
1 c
sugar
2⁄3 c
oil
1 c
flour
1⁄2 t
salt
1⁄2 c
cocoa
1⁄2 t
baking powder
1 t
vanilla
1⁄2 c
chopped walnuts (opt.)
1 c
chocolate chips (opt)
 
powdered sugar (opt.)

Instructions

Preheat oven to 375°. Beat eggs in a medium-size mixing bowl. Add sugar gradually. Add oil. Mix well. Sift flour and salt and add to other mixture. Add other ingredients; mix well. (I add chocolate chips and nuts for extra rich brownies.) Grease and flour a 9 x 9-inch baking dish. Pour mixture into pan and bake for about 35 minutes. Cool and sprinkle top with powdered sugar. 

Notes

These are heavenly when served warm. Suggestion: You can add 1 cup of marshmallows to this recipe to make Rocky Road Brownies. 

Noel Fruit Bars

Summary

Yield
18 Bars
SourceMary Kimball (1974)
Prep time30 minutes
Cooking time35 minutes
Total time1 hour, 5 minutes

Ingredients

2
eggs
1 c
sifted confectioners' sugar
1⁄4 c
butter or margarine, melted
3⁄4 c
sifted all-purpose flour
1 1⁄2 t
baking powder
1⁄2 t
salt
1 c
chopped walnuts
1 c
snipped dates
3⁄4 c
chopped mixed candied fruits

Instructions

Beat eggs until light and fluffy. Gradually beat in confectioners’ sugar. Stir in melted butter. Sift together dry ingredients and salt. Fold into egg mixture with nuts and fruits. Spread in greased 9 x 9 x 2-inch baking pan. Bake at 325° for 30 to 35 minutes. Cut into bars; frost with butter frosting and top with candied cherries, if desired. Makes about 1 1/2 dozen. 

Famous Oatmeal Cookies

Summary

Yield
24 Cookies
SourceLenere Shrieves (1980)
Prep time20 minutes
Cooking time8 minutes
Total time28 minutes

Ingredients

3⁄4 c
Crisco
1 c
brown sugar, firmly packed
1⁄2 c
sugar
1
egg
1⁄4 c
water
1 t
vanilla
1 c
sifted flour
1 t
salt
1⁄2 t
soda
3 c
Quaker Oats
3⁄4 c
chocolate chips
3 c
finely chopped nuts

Instructions

Beat shortening, sugars, egg, water and vanilla together until creamy with an electric mixer. Sift together flour, salt and soda. Add to creamed mixture; blend well. Stir in oats and then chocolate chips. Can add 3/4 cup finely chopped nuts, if desired. Drop by teaspoonfuls onto greased cookie sheets. Bake in preheated 350° oven for about 8 minutes. 

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